Energy bills increased by 95 percent in Belgium
The annual average energy bill of a family that will make a new electricity and natural gas contract in Belgium has increased by 95 percent compared to the previous year and reached approximately 6 thousand euros.
Belgian federal energy regulator CREG shared data in October that includes the current figures that the average family will pay for their annual electricity and natural gas consumption.
Accordingly, the annual total energy bill of a family that signed a contract in Belgium in October last year was 3 thousand 67 euros. In October this year, the annual energy bill of a family that signed a new contract increased by 95.3 percent to 5,989 euros. Thus, energy bills have increased by 2 thousand 922 euros in the last year.
The annual natural gas bill of a family that consumes average amounts has reached 3 thousand 564 euros and the electricity bill has reached 2 thousand 425 euros.
Compared to the previous month, the gas bill increased by 20 percent and the electricity bill increased by 14 percent in October.
Natural gas and electricity consumption of households in Belgium is not measured and billed every month. The annual energy consumption average is determined by considering various factors such as the size of the house, how many people live and the energy classification. This figure is divided by 12 months and the same amount is paid each month. In the measurements made at the end of the year, the determined difference is collected.
INFLATION IS AT THE HIGHEST OF THE LAST 47 YEARS
According to the data published by the Belgian Statistical Institute on October 28, the natural gas price in the country increased by 130.6 percent and the electricity price by 84.7 percent in October compared to a year ago.
Inflation in the country reached 12.27 percent, the highest level measured since 1975.